186 delegates gathered for the EGGA Assembly 2023 in Salzburg. The event was held in collaboration with the Austrian Association of Metal Technology Industries who opened the conference programme with a keynote speech from their Managing Director - Sabine Hesse - who gave an insight to the Austrian industry. Georg Matzner (Österreichischer Stahlbauverband) and Martin Kopf (EGGA Vice-President) then set the scene for a detailed review of ‘net zero’ plans for the industry, including perspectives from Germany, the Benelux and Spain. The conference programme of 15 excellent presentations covered decarbonisation, energy efficiency, environmental communication and innovative technical solutions in processing. A special session highlighted the importance of the correct specification of metallic coatings for steel to ensure that batch galvanized coatings are not confused with lower-performance solutions.
The event was originally planned for summer 2020 and was our first EGGA Assembly since COVID restrictions were lifted. The refreshed enthusiasm shown by the companies that engage in the network of national associations within the European General Galvanizers Association for collaboration and exchange of ideas was very much in evidence in Salzburg. Displays by suppliers to the industry kept participants informed of new developments in process technology and the Gala Dinner at the beautiful Salzburg Residenz provided a more relaxed opportunity for discussion. There were also visits to galvanizing plants operated by Zinkpower, OTN and Collini.
During Assembly 2023, EGGA recognised the extensive contribution, over five decades, of Mr Jeremy Woolridge to the industry - with the award of the prestigious Bablik Medal.
Thanks to Martin Kopf (EGGA Vice-President & representative for Austria), all our Austrian hosts, the delegates and our sponsors for making this one of our most special events.